The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) released its final Budget Report Card on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This update reflects the budget which was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

This final report card lays out the policies and programs which have been funded for the next fiscal year and those which have been neglected by lawmakers and leaves full community integration for New Yorkers with disabilities, in doubt. 

The policy and program priorities which are essential to independent living in New York State include; increased funding for home modifications, increased wages for home care workers, increased funding for the statewide network of Independent Living Centers, and funding of the Office for the Advocate for People with Disabilities.  Although many of the programs were funded, there were few increases, and the Office for the Advocate for People with Disabilities, signed by both Governor’s Mario and Andrew Cuomo, remains an unfunded Executive Order. This office is needed to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities in state government and went unfunded, again this year.